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Ireland win 2014 Six Nations after late France forward pass

The thing with Healy is I find he is invaluable to the Irish pack, a player of his calibre is definitely a handy thing to have, if he could only sort his noggin out sometimes (perhaps he was trying to bash some sense into himself) and mature a little bit more then he'd be fool proof...

I find that is one thing that is frustrating about players like Jim Hamilton for Scotland, he has great ability and is such a huge powerhouse, but his penalty count has to be through the roof and they're rarely 'good' penalties (ie give the opposition 3 points instead of 5-7), they're always idiotic and relatively pointless and end up costing Scotland a great attacking field position.

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Ireland win 2014 Six Nations after late France forward pass

It was mentioned by all/most the commentators, I believe both Brian Moore and Eddie Butler both said it was a knock on and mentioned how it is somewhat ironic how in this day and age where referee's go upstairs for nearly everything that Walsh DIDN'T for that situation and it was actually wrong...

I suppose it hasn't really been mentioned because there haven't been any comments on here along the lines of 'ooolala Monsier Walsh has robbed us frenchies' or something like that... I'd imagine if one of those comments came out then all hell would break loose about Szarzewskis' try but as it stands Ireland won so the Irish are thrilled and I think the French are just happy they produced a good performance..

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Ireland win 2014 Six Nations after late France forward pass

Yeh, I meant to include that part in my comment... I was an idiot at amateur level, you'd imagine as the levels progress you'd become less idiotic? Or at least the trend would follow as such..

1 Month, 3 Days ago

England notch up 50 in Rome but Championship fate out of their hands

Yeh, Phil could be right, she might have a pad of questions she is supposed to ask and she probably was being told to hurry, I seem to recall someone saying 'we might not have a chance to talk to BOD because of the time frames' or something like that.

Maybe I shouldn't be so direct to HER, but definitely the genius that thinks up some of the questions needs a swift kick in the butt to bring them back to earth..

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Ireland win 2014 Six Nations after late France forward pass

I think Walsh actually did get battered at one point, because Moore made the comment about the pictures being chosen by the French media so we won't see the Walsh 'incident' or something like that..

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Ireland win 2014 Six Nations after late France forward pass

We might not all be on the same wavelength when it comes to committing foul play, but if we are then take it from someone who in their first year playing senior rugby has flown into an opposition players' face at a ruck, head first.. I KNEW what I was doing, there was no revenge for something prior, no need for it, and I don't know WHY I did it, but I KNEW I was doing it and it was NOT an accident..

There was nothing 'reckless' about it...well..unless you count the fact that the guy was a monster and about 10 stone heavier than me and the fact he took a severe disliking to what I did.. that could be deemed reckless by myself... But the action itself was not reckless...

What Healy did was stupid and completely unnecessary. Red card/yellow card, 5m penalty to France, they could scrum scrum scrum all day with Healy off, perhaps get a penalty try and then the game would be over...

Healy would have been smarter rucking the French player, not headbutting him.

1 Month, 3 Days ago

England notch up 50 in Rome but Championship fate out of their hands

Well, they are the sorts of questions you ask a team that has just lost 'where do you feel it could have gone your way' or something like that - You don't ask the captain of the team who scored a try who looks completely fooked after a game that involved his team scoring 50 points 'where could you have done better?' - The guy is blowing and probably can't remember the first 30 points of the game, let alone where they could have done better, then when he appears to take a bit of offence she turns to someone else leaving Robshaw to just walk away, finishing only with a quick 'thanks Chris'... I know the media are there to poke and prod etc, but I feel sometimes they need to use their heads.

I remember someone a few years ago (was it her again) asking Andy Robinson after a match where Scotland lost in the last seconds of the game (against a big team) - 'So Andy what is the mood in the dressing room right now?' he followed up with 'What do you think?'

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Ireland win 2014 Six Nations after late France forward pass

Agree with that sentiment, Brian Moore said 'theres no arms so he can't even argue he was trying to join the ruck' and I'd add, or dive for the player potentially picking the ball up to tackle. I can see what he was doing OTHER than trying to headbutt the guy - and for what? Odd..

Then again I suppose France 'got lucky' with the try/knock on thing..

1 Month, 4 Days ago

England notch up 50 in Rome but Championship fate out of their hands

Thought the interviews at the end to Chris Robshaw and Mike Brown were a little blunt and perhaps unnecessary. The same questions were posed to Stuart Lancaster, who I have to say comes across as one of the most down to earth coach around. The guy seems honest and really speaks it how it is without any bulls**t. After the Ireland game I think it was, he was asked whether he was relieved at the victory, he laughed and said 'yes!' - So many others in his position would come out with an elaborate 'well not really, we knew we were going to be in for a good chance....blab blab blab..' Not even an England fan but the guy seems like a perfect coach!

1 Month, 4 Days ago

England notch up 50 in Rome but Championship fate out of their hands

May having an average game could be classed as a compliment, I thought he was pants. Looked like Lancaster needed someone to wear that shirt and just threw it to the nearest guy who happened to be May...

Running across the pitch looking for space is what players did in the early years at school - Even then at least they eventually found a hole. May runs across and still gets squashed!

As Lucius said poor Italy, their 'fortress' was well and truly flooded. Thought they did very well to keep their heads screwed on and not to resort to fisty cuffs or tantrums though, which has to be a huge positive.

Farrell, matured or not? From one angle it really looked and sounded like a swinging arm around the scrum halfs neck, the other angle not so much. Really though, what the hell is he doing getting involved in that anyway? He is a play maker, shouldn't he be ready to lead the next England attack? Not getting involved in some BS tug of war with an Italian of half the size!!!

1 Month, 4 Days ago

 
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